If you’ve already read my post about Lanzarote, you’ll know that the Canary Islands are an incredibly unique place to visit. A surreal mix of desert landscapes and aquamarine seaside spots. Our trip the to Canaries included exploring both Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. The two islands closest to the African shoreline. While Lanzarote has an incredible volcanic feeling, Fuerteventura is a bit more desert like, with beautiful stretches of white sandy beaches.
We hired our car in Lanzarote and took it across to Fuerteventura on the ferry for a few days before returning back to Lanzarote to return the car and fly home. The trip was incredibly easy and only takes about 30mins. There are a few ferry companies to choose from but we went with Armas and would recommend them!
The best way to explore Fuerteventura is to get in the car and drive! It’s a pretty small island so you don’t need more than three days to see most of it. Below I’ve listed my favourite ways to discover the island and the best little spots we found along the way!
My favourite ways to discover Fuerteventua
One thing we noticed pretty quickly is that Fuerteventura is speckled all over with pretty little 18th century windmills. While they are no longer used, most of them have been restored and are accessible to the public to visit. One fun way to discover the island is to seek out the windmills and stop for a photo with them! Just start driving in any direction and you’ll spot them!
There are two types of windmills on the island, the male version known as El Molino and the female version known as La Molina. The El Molino are the larger, double story windmills, while the La Molina are single story and more compact. All of the windmills have a unique style and character. If you want to take a look inside a windmill then the Museo del Queso (Cheese Museum) is a great place to go. As well as seeing the windmill you also learn all about the goat cheese Fuerteventura is famous for! But more about that soon…
Like I mentioned earlier, Fuerteventura is a stunning mix of desert and coast! One way to explore is to head inland and see what you find. My favourite little town to visit was Betancuria, founded in 1404, it was originally the capital of the Kingdom of the Canary Islands. We found the cutest little restaurant oasis for lunch, where we were able to try the islands famous goat cheese.
Which leads me to my next suggestion! Find a goat cheese farm to visit. We chose Finca Pepe, a typical Canarian farm with goats, donkeys, camels and peacocks. Keep in mind it is nothing fancy, but a very authentic and relaxed farm environment, where you are free to wander around while the farmers work.
Another fun spot to visit was the Salinas del Carmen (salt farm). Technically it’s not inland as it sits right on the coast line, but the drive there was mostly inland! The museum covers the history of salt mining and you can also do a self guided walk about the salt farm itself. And yes, ahem, I was mostly interested in going because the little salt fields are pink!
The coast of Fuerteventura has some of the most beautiful, white sand beaches I’ve ever seen! And that’s saying a lot considering I’m Australian! The sand is soft and the water is aquamarine, however the wind can be a little annoying! Notorious for being windy, we got a great tip that the best time to visit is October. It is warm, quiet and there is no wind!
During our coastal drives we found some gorgeous little places! One of those was the Punta La Entallada Lighthouse. I’m going to make the call and say it’s the prettiest lighthouse I’ve seen yet! Perched atop a cliff overlooking the gorgeous blue ocean, and with a distinctive Moorish style it’s oh so pretty.
Another must-see spot is Corralejo Natural Park – beautiful stretches of white sandy beaches opposite dreamy desert sand dunes! If it’s a windy day you can even find a little sand mound to hide behind to block the wind and watch the kite surfers from! Legend has it that the sand here has blown across the Atlantic Ocean from the Sahara Desert in Morocco.
Las Playitas we found by pure accident. I spotted a cute red windmill from the highway so we exited to find it! This, by the way, is one of my favourite reasons to have a car, the freedom to take the day as it comes. My other favourite reason might be loud and terrible singing to corny 90’s songs, but I’m not going to deny or confirm that one. Las Playitas is home to a cute little town, with an almost Greek Islands vibe and a gorgeous stretch of black sand beach.
If there is one thing that I recommend you do in Fuerteventura it’s a sunset horse ride. We spotted the horses by chance because we stayed in an Airbnb nearby the Granja Tara stables. Which by the way is at El Cotillo, a really beautiful stretch of cliff side beaches. They are worth a visit even if you aren’t horse riding.
You can book rides at different times of the day but I would highly recommend sunset. Watching the sky change colours as we rode along the cliffy coast line is something I will never forget. But I’ll let my photos do the talking here.
So which exploring adventures will you be adding to your Fuerteventura bucket list?
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